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So... You've got yourself a fancy new PC... Or maybe just an old one... Or even better, you got an Apple.

Now you want it to do something. You're going to need software. You can always go throw your money away on "Industry Leading Brand Names", OR... you could use Free/Open Source Software (F/OSS) and save your greenbacks for your kid's college education (they'll no doubt be as smart as you).

Having said that, I'll provide a list of software I like.  

Web-based

But first, one more note... as most people realize... web-based software probably is the future.  Many 'applications' you never download/install, but simply visit their website.  As such, below are both links to traditional software, and web apps!

Bulk Download

  • http://ninite.com/ - This is pretty cool... you check off the software you want, it automates the downloads and installs.  TIME SAVER!
    • Many of the individual packages referenced below are included in NiNite too..
  • http://www.apple.com/mac/app-store/ - taking a cue from their iOS devices, for Macs there is a pretty easy place to get software, AND keep it updated!

Internet

Digital Pictures

Communication

Windows Security 

(Stop gap measures until you get OS X or Linux)

Backup

...backup, backup, backup ... seriously
This used to be a harder then not task, but it's getting better/easier/cheaper every day
  • First off, on a personal level... what are your 'digital documents' worth to you?
    • For home users, this typically means: personal photo albums, school work, family trees, scanned documents, etc
    • For business users, you should know what your valuable data is: accounting, payroll, invoices, taxes, etc
    • Do NOT worry about: purchased software, commercial music & videos, etc... those can be re-acquired
    • Do NOT worry about email, I know you are using one of the web-based email providers above.

Media Playback

(You know, music, movies, etc)

Desktop Publishing and Design

Utilities

Navigation

(typically for my boat)

Other

Kids

Operating Systems

If you aren't absolutely in love with Micro$oft Windoze... Mac OS X is better,  Linux is FREE and pretty easy to install (or sometimes even run from just a CD).


    And, if you do install Windows, there are lots of post-install cleanup guides that will make your life better, e.g.:
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